Lindsey Buckingham Goes His Own Way; Departs Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham is out of the band, according to a new report by Variety.
Buckingham will be replaced by Mike Campbell (lead guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn, frontman for Crowded House. Both will join the band for the forthcoming tour, with dates soon to be announced.
“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” said Mick Fleetwood in a statement. “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” he said. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on our upcoming tour.”
News of Buckingham’s departure was first leaked by former Mac guitarist Billy Burnette, who tweeted on April 4: “Breaking News: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I’m not in.”